On the presumption that it is allowed to talk pretty negatively of specific adblockers in this forum (Feel free to correct me if it isn’t):
gorhill sometimes like to look through the code of questionable adblocker extensions for Chrome and post the results of it on Twitter, but a few months ago he managed to get fooled by a fake “AdBlock” extension’s mismarketing, and began to draw conspiracy theories where he thought that ABP had bought AdBlock as part of an evil co-operation with ad marketing firms.
So my personal idea for a way to prevent such confusion in the future, may or may not be to create a categorised list of adblockers that clearly haven’t had much work put into them, except for (in some cases, not all of them) to add tracking code to them.
(In the list below I’ve also added a small handful of extensions that aren’t explicitly about adblocking, as they used to be supported by some of my alternate-purpose lists but aren’t anymore.)
Forked from uBlock Origin ca. 2016-17, and has seen no real work on it since
- uBlock Plus Adblock
- Ads Killer Adblocker Plus
- Adblocker Genesis Plus
- Adblocker HARDLINE V2
- uBlock Pro
- Adblock DEFENSE
- ADZbuzz uBlock (although kudos for it respecting gorhill’s work on uBO)
- Adblocker Genius PRO
- The 1 Adblocker
Forked from AdBlock ca. 2016-18, and has seen no real work on it since
- Adblocker Ultimate (Although its base engine and iOS version were forked from AdGuard instead)
Believed to be based on a fraudulent extension with the AdBlock name, published by the new owners of uBlock
|Affected extension||Reasoning for it being low-quality|
|uBlock||Ceased to be actively maintained after its main coder jumped ship to uBlock Origin in 2015.|
|Slimjet||Has not been updated to support ABP 3.1 syntaxes.|
|Personal Blocklist (Chrome version)||Believed to have ceased functioning in late 2018.|
|Stylish||Does not seem to support multi-site userstyles, and has been involved in several privacy scandals.|
|Adblocker Professional||Forked from ABP ca. 2016.|
Rule of thumb: If you’re ever in doubt about whether an adblock extension is being maintained, see if it still includes Juvander’s Finnish List (which was removed from major adblockers in disgrace after it targeted labour union sites) or Norsk Adblockliste (A strange and pitiful excuse for a Norwegian list).